Overnight power outage in Nanaimo caused by crash involving alleged impaired driver


Police in Nanaimo are investigating after a crash that cut power to more than 4,000 BC Hydro customers overnight.

The crash occurred at around 1 a.m. in the 2100 block of Meredith Road in Nanaimo. Witnesses said they saw a driver of a car hit a power pole. The pole was sheared into two pieces.

“I heard a huge bang so I kind of came out because we lost power and there was a poof of smoke and so I came a little bit closer and half the pole was taken out with the car,” Fraser Rose said.

Bryant Sandifer, who also lives on the street, said the car was badly damaged.

“Like no front end. The pole was snapped in half. It was just bad. It was not a good scene,” Sandifer said.

Police said the women who was driving was the only occupant of the vehicle was not seriously injured but BC Ambulance took her to the hospital.

Nanaimo RCMP said they suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash and the investigation is ongoing.

BC Hydro said 4,279 customers were without power until around 7:50 a.m. Sunday morning. There were two areas where the power outage affected. One was east of Jameson Road, south of Lintlaw Road, north of Kilpatrick Road and west of Townsite Road. The second area was west of Pirates Lane, east of Holland Road, north of Third Street and south of Departure Bay Road.


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